Two People Dead in Wrong Way Accident on Interstate
Two people are dead after a suspected wrong way accident that happened recently on Interstate 40. The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. at the Old Hickory Boulevard exit in the westbound lanes of the interstate. Three vehicles were involved in the accident: a truck, a car, and a van.
According to the police, officers suspect that the driver who caused the accident was traveling eastbound down the exit ramp into the westbound lanes of traffic when the crash occurred. The suspected wrong way driver was identified as Devin Strong, 26, who was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the other vehicle that was hit was identified as James Hall, 34, of Richmond Kentucky. He was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital where he sadly later died.
In addition, two passengers in Mr. Strong’s vehicle were injured and taken to area hospitals for their injuries. The driver of the third car that also hit Mr. Strong’s vehicle was also injured in the accident and taken to Saint Thomas West where he has since thankfully been released. Currently, it is unknown why Mr. Strong was driving the wrong way down the interstate and the police are looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Because of the death of the initial driver who caused the accident, no charges have been filed regarding the crash.
Tennessee Car Accidents
The Daily Fatality Report from the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security states that this year a total of 304 people have died on Tennessee roads. Over the last 10 years, driving on the wrong side of the road or driving the wrong way on a one way street has been cited as a contributing cause to 473 accidents across the state. The issue of drivers causing accidents by driving the wrong way on the roads is so serious that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) commissioned a special investigative report on the problem in 2012.
According to the NTSB’s special report, wrong way accidents only happen in about three percent of car accidents but are more likely than any other type of crash to result in serious injuries or death. In some states, the likelihood of dying in a wrong way accident ranged between 12 times up to as much as 27 times more likely than in other types of car accidents.
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